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12 Creative Twists on the Classic Espresso Martini

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After-dinner drinks are a great way to finish off a perfect night. Whether you are casual or fine dining, dessert cocktails or digestifs will complete the experience. Although you can offer a wide variety of beverages, there is one true classic you can’t skip - the Espresso Martini. 

We have talked at length about the classic Espresso Martini recipe in another article. However, this staple among the dessert cocktail drinks deserves more attention. This vodka cocktail stole the hearts of people from all over the world with its unique blend of flavors and soft, creamy texture. 

First created in Britain, the Espresso Martini grew in popularity fast and you can now find it on the beverage menu of numerous bars and restaurants. If you already serve it at yours, maybe it’s time to experiment with it. There are 12 great ways to twist the classic recipe of the Espresso Martini and create something delicious and unique. 

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12 Creative Espresso Martini Recipes to Try

We are sure more twists can be made to the classic Espresso Martini. However, there are 12 proven recipes that people will love to see on your menu. If you like any of them and want to recreate them, make sure you have a well-stocked beverage inventory.

Research the best vodka brands and look into specialty coffee. Although you don’t necessarily need to use specialty coffee for this cocktail, it will improve the taste and quality of the drink. The quality of the vodka and other ingredients is crucial, too.

Don’t forget that modern customers look for both quality and experience. They would highly appreciate a good cocktail presentation with unique glassware and cocktail garnish. A good-looking drink can help you with online restaurant marketing if customers post pictures online and tag your business!

Now let’s dive into the 12 different ways you can make an Espresso Martini!

Key Takeaway: Espresso Martini, like other popular cocktails, has many different versions. Experiment with the recipes already available or try to create your own twists to this staple drink. With the use of infused vodkas and various liqueurs, you can create unique drinks that will set your business apart from the rest in the area. 

1. Salted Caramel Espresso Martini

For a sweet and savory flavor combination, you can add salted caramel syrup to the Espresso Martini. Another option is to use homemade salted caramel sauce. Garnish with a caramel drizzle. 

2. Hazelnut Espresso Martini

To make this version of the cocktail, you can use hazelnut liqueur. Frangelico is a good example of such a liqueur. It will add a nutty undertone to the Espresso Martini. To garnish this drink, use crushed hazelnuts or create a chocolate and hazelnut rim. Also, don’t forget to read our article on how to rim a glass!

3. Vanilla Bean Espresso Martini

Who doesn’t love the vanilla flavor? Most people enjoy the taste and flavor of vanilla, which is why this cocktail is a popular alternative to the classic. Add vanilla bean syrup or use vanilla-infused vodka as a base. You can garnish this cocktail drink with a vanilla pod. 

4. Coconut Espresso Martini

For a tropical twist, you can use coconut cream or coconut flavor liqueur for the cocktail. The smooth texture of the coconut and sweet flavor will make the drink very enjoyable. Garnish the Coconut Espresso Martini with toasted coconut flakes. They will add a nice contrasting crunch to the otherwise creamy drink. 

5. Chocolate Orange Espresso Martini

Add a hint of citrus by using orange bitters or liqueur. The taste of chocolate can be added by dipping an orange peel in chocolate and then using it as a garnish. It will be both delicious and pretty to look at!

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6. Spicy Mocha Martini

Spice the drink up with a touch of chili-infused chocolate syrup. A dash of spicy chocolate liqueur will do the trick, too. Garnish with a dusting of cocoa and chili powder.

7. Mint Chocolate Espresso Martini

For lovers of a fresh, minty taste, this version of the Espresso Martini is a must. You can add a refreshing mint flavor by using crème de menthe or fresh mint leaves. You can garnish this drink with a chocolate mint stick. 

8. Maple Bourbon Espresso Martini

For a cozy, fall-inspired version of the cocktail, swap the vodka for bourbon. Then, add a drizzle of maple syrup and garnish with a cinnamon stick. You will get a perfect fall cocktail for your seasonal menu!

9. Berries and Cream Espresso Martini

Adding a fruity flavor to the Espresso Martini is a great idea! You can use berry-flavored liqueur like Chambord and a little bit of whipped cream. To finish off this drink, add some fresh berries as garnish. 

10. Gingerbread Espresso Martini

If you are looking for holiday drink inspiration or a Christmas-y twist to the classic Espresso Martini, you have found the perfect recipe! Use gingerbread liqueur or syrup to add that holiday feel. You can even swap the regular vodka for ginger-infused vodka. Garnish this delicious drink with a little gingerbread cookie. 

11. Cardamom Rose Espresso Martini

To create this unique drink, you need a bit of syrup infused with cardamom and a splash of rose water. You can garnish this drink with edible rose petals. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, isn’t it? 

12. Chai Spice Espresso Martini

For a warm and spiced version of the Espresso Martini, try infusing chai tea into the cocktail. Rim the glass with cinnamon sugar to add extra sweetness. 

Do What’s Best for Your Bar or Restaurant

Recreate any of these cocktails or come up with your own versions of this famous cocktail. Customers will appreciate the creativity and their feedback will show you which drinks deserve to stay on the menu. Always keep track of customer behavior and gather feedback. These will help you tremendously in making your bar or restaurant truly successful!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Espresso Martini

If you want to know more about this classic cocktail, see the answers to these common questions!

How Strong Is the Espresso Martini?

The strength of Espresso Martini depends on the amount of alcohol used. It typically has a moderate to high alcohol content due to the vodka and coffee liqueur. If other ingredients with alcohol content are used, the final ABV will be higher. 

Who Invented the Espresso Martini Cocktail?

The Espresso Martini was created by bartender Dick Bradsell. He invented it in the late 1980s in London. A customer requested a drink that would wake them up but also had alcohol in it. This led to the creation of the Espresso Martini.

What Type of Vodka to Use for Espresso Martini?

It’s recommended to use neutral and smooth vodkas for Espresso Martini. Using a high-quality vodka ensures a clean and crisp taste without overpowering the coffee flavors.

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